We all go through periods of sadness and grief, as that’s just part of life. Difficult life events, including divorce, financial problems or the death of a loved one can contribute to depression. Sometimes we can become so bogged down with dissatisfaction that life can feel like it’s come to a standstill. It’s good to acknowledge whatever we are feeling, while recognizing that if depression lingers, we can act on our own behalf to get help.
October 7th is National Depression Screening Day. A screening is not a diagnosis, but it can be a helpful tool for starting a conversation with your doctor or a loved one about your mental health.
Consider a screening if suffering from these key symptoms of depression:
- A persistent sad, anxious or empty mood.
- Sleeping too little, early morning awakening, or sleeping too much.
- Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain.
- Loss of interest in pleasure or activities once enjoyed.
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
- Fatigue or loss of energy.
- Thoughts of death or suicide.